New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) is a newly renovated 3,000 square foot state-of-the-art club with 8 fencing strips, overhead scoring machines, targets, lockers, changing rooms, new cushioned fencing floors, air conditioning and heating. The spectator area offers a full view of the fencing as well as TV, free wi-fi, seating and tables. Our custom murals were created by artist, Ian King of VersGrafx. NYFA is conveniently located in Brooklyn next to the Belt and Ocean Parkways and 50 yards from the Stillwell Ave-Coney Island subway station (trains D,F,N,Q). The famous Coney Island boardwalk area with restaurants, rides, beach, and a skating rink is just down the street.
MISHA MOKRETSOV, HEAD COACH
Misha Mokretsov began fencing at the age of 12 in his native city, Khmelnitsky. His coach, Yury Mazur, helped him to become a Ukrainian National Championship Silver medalist in 2005, and a member of the Junior National Epee Team and European Championship finalist in team event in 2004. Throughout his national team career, Misha has competed in numerous cadet and junior World Cups and European Championships.
Misha was offered an athletic scholarship to St. John’s University where he earned All-American Athlete honors in 2008, Academic All-Star honors in 2006-2007, and served as team captain and team manager, under Coach Yuri Gelman.
Misha has been coaching in the NY metropolitan area since 2006. While in college, he was a coach at several fencing clubs and high schools in New York City and Long Island.
In 2010, Misha graduated and founded New York Fencing Academy, which has quickly become a center for excellence in epee with one of the strongest competitive youth programs in the country. Misha has produced many nationally-ranked fencers; National Championship finalists; and winners of North American Cups, European Cups, and European Championships. His young athletes have earned hundreds of Super Youth Circuit medals. In 2015-16, New York Fencing Academy was ranked the #1 club in the US for youth men’s and women’s epee based on national podium points. Notable student, Romain Cannone, began training with Misha at age 12 and is now a member of the French Junior National Team. Romain’s results include: 2016 Junior Team World Cup Champion, 2015 Junior Team European Champion, 2015 Junior Team World Championship Silver Medalist, and 2015 Junior World Cup Bronze Medalist.
ED MUFEL, EPEE COACH
Edward trained in fencing from fourth grade at one of the most prestigious specialized Athletic schools in Kazakhstan. This school has produced famous athletes around the world. Upon immigrating to the United States, Edward went on to compete with Pennsylvania State University’s fencing team. With the team, he won All-American NCAA titles from 1988-1991. In 1988, Edward was ranked number 4 in the United States. Individually, he was the NCAA Champion in 1989, and won second place in 1988. Edward competed in several international championships, showcasing his talent with foil. Edward also taught at Metropolis Fencing School in Manhattan for four years, from 1992 to 1996.
ANTON DUTCHAK, EPEE COACH
Anton started fencing at age 12 in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine. At 13, he began to study and train in fencing at Republican High School of Physical Culture. Anton is a two-time winner of the Ukrainian Junior Team National Championship, and was a member of the Cadet National Epee Team in 2008. As a national team member, Anton competed in numerous cadet and junior World Cups. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from National University of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine in 2013. He also earned a master’s degree in Fitness and Recreation in 2014.
YARIK PONOMARENKO, EPEE COACH
Yarik began fencing at the age of 9 in the small city of Simferopol, Ukraine. He has 15 years of fencing experience and was a member of the national fencing team of Ukraine for 9 years.
Yarik is a silver and bronze medalist in the Junior World Championships in 2008 and 2009 (team) and multiple medalist in the European Fencing Championships in individual and team events in 2008, 2010, 2012.
Yarik graduated in 2013 from the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine majoring in Sports Psychology and Coaching. He was awarded Master of Sports of Ukraine in International Class in Fencing by the Ministry of Ukraine of Family, Youth and Sport.
Before joining NY Fencing Academy’s coaching staff, Yarik coached at the Dream Fencing Club in London, UK in 2014, and was head coach of the epee program at MindSportz Fencing Club in Shenzhen, China from 2015-2016.